The G7 summit begins in Carbis Bay in England and will last until Sunday. This will be the first live, not videoconference, meeting of country leaders since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main topics of the talks are: economic recovery after the pandemic, helping developing countries to vaccinate and provide them with vaccines, preventing climate change, supporting the principles of free trade and the agreement on taxing international corporations and the introduction of a global minimum corporate tax rate agreed by finance ministers.
The summit is attended by US President Joe Biden, who continues his first overseas trip since being sworn in to office in January.
Johnson and Biden sign “new Atlantic Charter”
Earlier, Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but not everything went as planned. Initially, the talks were to take place on the small tidal isle of St Michael’s Mount on the southern coast of Cornwall. However, due to unfavorable weather, the trip had to be canceled and eventually the meeting took place in Carbis Bay, where the G7 summit will begin on Friday.
Johnson and Biden started by signing the “new Atlantic Charter”, committing to enhanced cooperation between the two countries to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Democracy and human rights, defense and security, science and technology, international trade, climate change prevention and environmental protection, as well as health protection are mentioned as areas of enhanced cooperation.
The name of the Atlantic Charter refers to the agreement signed in 1941 by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which later formed the basis of “special relations” between the two countries.
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